Nitesh Tiwari

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Nitesh Tiwari
Vikas Bahl and Nitesh Tiwari.jpg
Nitesh Tiwari (right) with Vikas Bahl at the press conference for Chillar Party
Born Itarsi, Madhya Pradesh, India
Residence Chembur, Mumbai, India
Alma mater Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Occupation Film director
Years active 2011–present
Spouse(s) Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Children 2

Nitesh Tiwari is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and lyricist known for his works in bollywood.[1][2] He made his directorial debut by co-directing Chillar Party (2011) which won the National Film Award for Best Children's Film for that year.[1] He then directed the supernatural political drama Bhoothnath Returns (2014) which became a box office hit.[3][4]

In 2016, he scripted, and directed Dangal which was screened at the Beijing International Film Festival in April 2017 and second BRICS festival in June 2017.[5] The film is the highest-grossing Indian films and the fifth highest grossing non-English film, having collected over 2,000 crore (US$300 million) of which more than 1,200 crore was earned in China,[6][7] where it has emerged as one of the top 20 highest-grossers of all time.[8] Tiwari has garnered the Filmfare Best Director Award at the 62nd Filmfare Awards, and the Telstra People's Choice Award at the 2017 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.[9][10]He won the Filmfare award for best director in 2017 for directing Dangal.[11]

Early life[edit]

Tiwari was born into a Hindu family in Itarsi, Madhya Pradesh to B. D. Tiwari.[citation needed] He has a brother and a sister. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 1996 with a Bachelor's degree in Metallurgy and Material Science engineering.[citation needed] Tiwari worked as a creative director at Leo Burnett before he entered Bollywood.[12]

Personal life[edit]

He lives at a quaint bungalow in Chembur with his wife Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, who was his colleague and creative director at Leo Burnett. She turned a film director. The couple have twins, a boy and a girl.[13]


Year Film Director Dialogue Screenplay Story Notes
2011 Chillar Party Yes Yes Yes Yes National Film Award for Best Children's Film
2014 Bhoothnath Returns Yes Yes Yes Yes
2014 Kill Dil No Yes Yes Yes
2016 Nil Battey Sannata No Yes Yes Yes
2016 Dangal Yes Yes Yes Yes Telstra People's Choice Award
Filmfare Award for Best Director
2017 Bareilly Ki Barfi No Yes Yes Yes